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Driving force: industry comes together for Behind the Scenes UK charity’s annual karting day

Driving force: industry comes together for Behind the Scenes UK charity’s annual karting day

When 25 companies in the event industry came together at Sandown Park, on 17th June to raise money for industry charity, Behind the Scenes UK, at their annual karting day, leading crewing company Showforce was only too happy to submit a team and lend their support. Other companies competing included White Light, Stage Electrics, Wonder Works, Brilliant Stages, Digico and Crewsaders.

The karting day saw 25 teams of up to six drivers race for three hours on an open air course with organisers promoting a competitive atmosphere of skulduggery, out-manoeuvring and general all out ‘race to win’ attitude. There was also a Formula One style pit stop challenge where the team quickest to change their tyres could claim bragging rights off the track as well as on it! With a BBQ and lots of opportunities to network with clients, catch up with old friends and raffles and stalls to assist with fundraising, a great day was had by all.

The Behind the Scenes UK charity was created to provide financial assistance to entertainment technology professionals, or their immediate family, who are seriously ill or injured. Anyone is eligible for assistance who has earned their living in the industry for at least five years, whether behind the curtain, behind the camera, on the road, or working for companies that manufacture or supply entertainment technology products and services. The charity exists solely to aid those who work behind the scenes; it does not assist performers.

Ian Spendlove, Showforce’s founder and chief executive commented: “The Behind the Scenes karting event is a great opportunity for the industry to get together and raise money for a fantastic cause. We were delighted to be involved and thoroughly enjoyed the whole day – obviously winning, and beating a few of our competitors in the process, made the experience all the more pleasurable. We’re already looking forward to defending our title in 2016.”

In picture: Showforce at the Behind the Scenes karting day.

22nd June 2015

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